Turn on The Holiday Heat With 10 Best Places to Visit with Kids In San Francisco, California.
If the United States of America were a big family of states and territories, California would be the golden child. And why not? It has got the perfect weather, not too toasty, not too frosty like the Mid-West, it has awesome beaches where you can surf and swim or even contemplate about your life staring in the deep horizon West of the Californian seaboard. Northern California or ‘NorCal’ as they call it, has deciduous forests, snow-clad peaks and hiking trails for nature lovers.
The people are awesome just like the weather. California welcomes everyone with open arms, and this is where most of the world’s cutting-edge tech gets crafted.
San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hollywood and San Diego are the four jewels of California. They are the cultural centers of the Sunshine State that define its identity to a great extent, and they are the ones that attract crowds of tourists as well as the brightest minds in the country as well as from abroad every year.
San Francisco is packed up so much inside it that it offers multiple perspectives to first-time visitors to look at it. It is your typical urban North American city, but also has a lot of cultures, history, tech, entertainment and so much going on in there. San Francisco is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in America with people from all possible backgrounds, cultures, and races living and working here.
So, let us take a look at the top ten best places to visit with kids in San Francisco.
- The Golden Gate Bridge:
Completed in the year 1937, this six-lane bridge stands majestically over the Golden Gate and connects the sections of the city separated by the water body. It is 2.7 kilometers long and 227 meters high and is recorded as the tallest bridge in the United States. The bridge has braved strong gushes of wind blowing from the Pacific as well as shocks of the earthquake that plague the region around California. The Golden Gate Bridge is not just an engineering marvel but also an architectural wonder of our times.
Many tourists had shared that they had felt as if the time had stopped when they visited the bridge despite all time busy traffic.
For more than a century, California had received massive immigration from China, especially during the Gold Rush era when Chinese immigrant men were employed by local gold prospectors as laborers in California. Since then the Chinese community in the state has prospered and has formed its own little colonies called as ‘Chinatowns’ with San Francisco having one. Established in the mid-nineteenth century, the Chinatown is where you get to see and experience Chinese-American culture in its full glory, including cuisine, services, medicine, and culture. If your visit falls at the right time of the year, you may even get to witness some Chinese festivities being celebrated in the town.
The Exploratorium is a museum of science and art that allows visitors to latest discoveries and scientific concepts through the depths of human perception. This is one of a kind museum in the country where science and art are combined together and presented to the visitors are a combined entity of the human experience. The Exploratorium is not just any ordinary museum but a place where you can live the sciences and arts.
Especially for children, if you want them to enjoy their science and art, there cannot be any better and fun way to introduce them to the experience.
- The Twin Peaks:
These natural wonders of California allow having a bird’s eye view over this magnificent city. The two peaks are the North Peak and the South Peak and are also known as “Eureka” and “Noe.” These peaks were used for surveying the hunting grounds by the native American tribe residing here before the arrival of the Europeans. The peaks stand at an altitude of 282 meters and are 200 meters apart from each other. You can reach the top by a vehicle and have a beautiful view of the downtown San Francisco.
- Aquarium of The Bay:
Spread over an area of 65,00 square feet, Aquarium of The Bay completes your California experience by showcasing hundreds of marine species from the nearby Pacific in sturdy but beautiful water tanks. The underwater tunnel walkway is the most striking feature of this aquarium as you can walk all the way under an acrylic ceiling above which you have a range of sea creatures swimming in the waters. On the other hand, the aquarium also conducts non-profit based research for saving and conserving marine species. You can skip a few other sights, but the Aquarium of The Bay is nothing less than a must.
- USS Pampanito:
Decommissioned in the year 1945, after it did its duties in the World War II in the Pacific Theater, the battleship USS Pampanito has been docked here since then. The battleship has a glorious history of contributing greatly to obliterating the aggressive Japanese navy in the Pacific War. The ship destroyed and sunk the more than 9000-ton weighing Japanese warship Rakoyu Maru and also a Japanese cargo ship at the end of the war. The USS Pampanito has also saved the lives of several British and Australian servicemen POWs during the war. The battleship also played a significant role in intercepting Jap battleships.
The ship was used for training naval cadets from 1945 to 1971 when it was finally left to rest. However, it wasn’t until 1986 that the ship was included as a historic sight.
- San Francisco Zoo:
And how can one even think of missing this? Whether you are visiting the city with your kids or without them, the San Francisco Zoo is equally exciting and captivating for adults as well. Known as the birthplace of the famous “Koko” the Gorilla, the zoo boasts of a total 250 species as of 2016. A unique fact about the zoo is that it houses animals that are not only found in the local West Coast environment but also those that are from a different climatic and geographic zone.
They also have many species of tropical birds housed in the zoo that are from as far as Australia and Southern Pacific.
If creepy crawlies or insects do not disgust you and if you are a true naturalist, the zoo has also got an insect museum where they have many species of all sorts of tropical insects.
Opened in the year 1929, this place is not just merely a zoo but a conservation center where animals are taken care of.
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum:
The world is full of freaks and crazy people who do all sorts of crazy unbelievable stuff. The Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum houses such antiques of human “accomplishment” that will leave you flabbergasted and sometimes even make your body hair stand straight. However, it is not just the human quirks that this museum holds, but also a certain unique natural phenomenon that is observed very rarely by the scientific community.
Just when you thought that humanity could not go any weirder, a visit to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum will “restore your faith” in mankind’s quirkiness.
- Madame Tussaud’s San Francisco:
If you missed the wax museum in London and if you did not but felt that it could have been better, you should certainly pay a visit to the one here in San Francisco and experience the American mastery of molding lifelike wax statues of celebrities and popular figures.
What sets the San Francisco Madame Tussaud’s from the original one is that the wax statues here are more refined and perfected as compared to the one in London. The statues here have more realism, and the talented sculptors and artists have taken care of the finest details possible while building the statues.
- Marin Headlands:
Located just north of the San Francisco, the Marin Headlands are the place for enjoying nature and engaging in some physically rejuvenating activity such as bicycling, skateboarding, jogging or just an ordinary stroll in the cool Pacific breeze.
After you have seen the wonders of this beautiful city, it is finally time that you spend some time in nature’s lap and enjoy some quiet time. This is where you come for a relaxing time and enjoying the brisk of the outdoors with your family.
The Marin Headlands is the place where you can enjoy the amazing sight of the whole Bay Area and also the Golden Gate Bridge from far away.
These are the top ten best places to visit with your kids in San Francisco. If you are a travel enthusiast and history and culture excite you, San Francisco has got plenty of it along with mind-blowing modern and scientific wonders. San Francisco is like a collage of the old and the new and the ‘to come’ all of which coexist in one place.